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Fishermen dramatically rescued when boat overturns after shark catch 

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There was a dramatic rescue three miles off the coast of Playa San Juan when two fishermen fell into the sea because of the size of their catch.

The men spent several hours in the water before they were spotted by a leisure boat.

The incident happened when the pair were out fishing and caught a very large shark. It was so massive, estimated at more than two metres in length, that it overturned their boat.

Fortunately, they had time to reach for their lifejackets which kept them afloat in the water for three to four hours.

They were located by a recreational craft of the company Royal Delfin that sounded the alarm.

The men had gone out fishing at dawn in their boat, the El Norami, only three metres in length itself.

One of the men came from Guía de Isora and the other lives in Santiago del Teide.

The Civil Guard, local police and Canary Emergency Service were all involved in the rescue.

The men were brought back to the pier in Playa San Juan at about noon and were treated by an ambulance crew before being taken to a medical centre for observation. According to official sources, both were well.

There was no official word in a bulletin from the council about the shark.